With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to SOBER TRUTH. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
How important is the band’s name in giving out the right kind of vibe?
-We were founded in 2007. At the time, our development with the band was not foreseeable. But the name is program. The sober truth unclad tackles the realities of social coexistence, processes them and always gives indications of hope. The way out of the utter craze, the human failure in all topics in the world.
I wanted to start a band in the 80s but couldn’t fin d the right people to do so with. What was it that made you want to do the band?
-For me personally, the fever for self-played music in bands already started in 1991. Everything in our lives has been about the music, the band scene and the diversity of the music groups. For us, it has the taste of freedom to do what we want. But it was a long way to the metal band Sober Truth. But from all the experiences I made with my own bands, we also benefit. We know what we want! We know what we do not want! We live and love the underground with all its diversity and creativity. It is a madness of life. Ok, you can not live on it to do this 24/7 but it has been a life decision. All or nothing. Half things did not bring us any fun.
Of course it was always difficult to keep his troops together permanently. From the outside, weddings, children and work increasingly come to the fore. You often have to look for people and find them, who always go the way with whom the band also disputes. It has always driven me and many played gigs so of course you have a lot of contact with musicians who are looking for and that’s exactly what they want. Making music in a cool metal band.
With so many genres and sub-genres of metal today what is your definition of the music you play?
-It’s always exciting, too, with the genres. It’s good for the classification, for example, when we release a new album, it usually comes only for a review if this can be previously assigned to a genre. The downside is that many listeners tend to get into a kind of tunnel listening, so they can place their genres and, for example, miss something in streaming services. We call our style of playing Heavy Metal. We season our tracks with our own groove and add a lot of tracks with many progressive elements. So PROG GROOVE METAL \ m /
How do you arrange the tracks? Is there a method to how you arrange the songs on a record?
-These are often the most difficult decisions you have to make. From the point of view of a musician, usually other titles are stronger or one thinks, this one would like the fans better. Often the fans and listeners are also for other titles, where one is surprised as a musician. We try to put each album into a concept garment, so we also go ahead with choosing the order of the tracks that made it to the album. There must be a flow, we often use instrumental pieces called introductions. That’s our method.
I am fascinated by how people can still come up with things that hasn’t been done before, chord structures that hasn’t been written, sentences that hasn’t been constructed before. Where do you find your inspiration to create?
-That’s the mood of the band, as in the answer to the question earlier. In a band and with their particular constellation, the composition of the individual musicians can always create something totally new. Of course, you always fall back on how you’ve grown with music, often the maturity comes to it and new songs, new riffs arise where you often have the feeling here is something wonderful new to music or art. We actually find inspiration in composing our own songs throughout our lives. Like listening to different music, viewing art or just everyday life in this society. The co-and against each other. Much in our music or in the lyrics is also a lot of self-processing.
How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.?
-This is very important because you are presented as a band of course. As an independent band we have to design this ourselves and give us a lot of effort with it. We always wanted to do it a bit differently than the bands from our genre. That’s all there already. We often think of it as, for example, our band logo, rather simple. We usually work with darker colors and hardly use skulls or skeleton drawings, often work with landscapes and expanses. We also try to express our versatility here. Because often we scatter sometimes more colors and life in our artwork. Like our music – complex.
I get the feeling that more and more metalheads too are just downloading single tracks. Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?*
-We can talk for hours on the digital. It is as it is, good for the general public in the benefit of versatile music offerings, very inexpensive and fast and available anywhere. Bad for the musicians, because there is no next source of income to continue to realize well produced albums and bring out. Bad for everyone, the productions are getting worse, and everyone is allowed to run 🙂 market is quickly oversaturated, this leads to death of the scene. Thank God it’s still nice in the Metal area. The fans and people who indulge in heavy metal music are enthusiastic hunters and gatherers. They want to take home a piece of the band that they have just celebrated. It is then often vinyl or CD and shirts here. It’s like that for us, we always listen to an album completely. Single releases are good for encouraging an album, so to promote, but only singles is bad, that’s not for us. We love the good old record, the little CD and even music cassettes. But we as a band use the digital market, because this is not avert or even broken. It is the future. Unfortunately, it is not well regulated where the musician stays ?!
Are we killing our beloved metal scene by supporting digital downloading or can anything positive come from supporting single tracks and not albums? Will the fan as we know him/her be gone soon?
-In any case, we can not prevent the digital not getting even more run. That’s just the time and I’m proud and happy at the same time to have also visited record shops and even today to listen analogously. That is, if I like something or see a band at the concert, I take an album directly from the band. Because the support ends up there directly. It’s even harder than ever to maintain a band, bring out new records, and deliver quality, when you’re gnawing on starvation and having to see what shit job I have to do now to fund my music.
But now we can skip it for hours. everyone as he likes, but I think that the scene music will always be there and also download, that is just a kind of support. Everything just has to be better regulated for the musician, so that the music is not always available as masses and free goods, it loses its significance.
Is there a scene to speak of for a band like yours? Where do you fit in?
-We feel completely at home in the rock and metal scene. Where homemade music is, we are on the way. No plastic, no pop and no canned shit, all home-made and independent. That’s what it’s all about for us and we bring with us all our love and devotion to the scene and the other way around, stirring around several times and voila we’re happy and proud to be part of this big scene.
What does the future hold?
-For us it is clear that we will carry this band as far and well as we can. We will continue to play our 30-40 shows a year and make people happy. Our goal is not reached for a long time, we want to go on the big stage and we will get that in the future!